2005-10-22 Zsolt Erdei w rsc 12 Mehdi Sahnoune, Fire Mountains Arena, Halle, Germany - WBO

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2005-10-22 Zsolt Erdei w rsc 12 Mehdi Sahnoune, Fire Mountains Arena, Halle, Germany - WBO. Referee: Joe Cortez. Forcing the contest from the opening bell the challenger, a former WBA champion, certainly came to fight and he forced Erdei (174¼) to pull out all the stops in order to hang on to his title. Every round was closely contested, with solid blows being delivered by both men, and coming into the final session there was little to choose between them, Erdei having been up against it in the fifth, sixth and ninth. Claiming that an injured rib had held him back, Erdei finally began to hurt Sahnoune (175) and after driving the latter into a corner and battering him from both hands the referee stopped the fight with just 43 seconds remaining on on the clock